This is fun.
I typically hop around from room to room in my house doing whatever current project strikes my fancy. It takes me months to add to various rooms. Nothing is finished yet.
However, I started this dining room project with an end-goal in mind and step by step ideas to accomplish that. So for once, I’m focusing on one project – start to [hopefully] finish. Having never decorated in this way before, it’s so fun to share each stage of the process with you guys – one layer at a time!
Last week was “Layer 1” – the new wall color and painted brick fireplace:
This week for “Layer 2” I painted a midcentury inspired sunburst ceiling medallion, hung my midcentury chandelier (courtesy of the former-dining room), and created a free-form mirror installation over the fireplace using Ikea honefoss mirrors.
You guys, I warn you – this is a picture heavy post. I just can’t get over what a huge difference these additions made and it makes me ridiculously excited to add more layers in here!
Are you ready for details? Oh, do I have details for you! Let’s start with the sunburst ceiling medallion…
You Will Need:
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- Scrap cardboard
- Straight edge*
- Painter’s tape*
- Gold craft paint*
- Small craft paintbrush(es)
- Heating pad, copious amounts of ibuprofen
This is a project that requires math. Geometry is haunting me. Basically, you need to know the diameter of your light fixture cap (in my case/most cases – 5”) and create a cardboard template.
I cut out a 5” diameter circle and then drew 24 equally spaced tick marks for the arms of the starburst using a protractor – the distance between the tick marks will vary depending on the size of your circle, but when you measure the angles in the center, your lines will be 15 degrees apart. In terms I better relate to: think of a pie and then cut it into 24 pieces. Cool? Cool.
Figure out how large you want your starburst to be. I made the long arms of mine 18.5” and the short arms 12.”5” from the center of my template (the spokes). I sketched it out on a large sheet of paper first to see if I liked the size. I picked a size for the starburst that would be slightly larger than my chandelier.
This graphic shows you how the starburst is created from your little round “pie” template:
Then, turn off the breaker.
^ See how I put that in all caps? It’s a very important step. It’s easiest to paint before the light fixture is installed (in fact, in this case, it would be just about impossible to paint with the chandelier up there) so you’re going to be working around an exposed light fixture junction box and you do not want live electricity up there.
So kill that electricity. Kill it dead.
Next, you’re going to use that little cardboard template, a pencil, and a straight edge to draw the spokes of the starburst onto the ceiling. 12 long spokes & 12 short spokes alternating around the circle. Then, use the straight edge to draw the sides of the starburst’s arms from the tick on each side of your spoke to the end of the spoke. (See detailed graphic above.)
Finally, tape away. I figured out that if I was careful with how I taped the long arms of the starburst, I could paint them all at once, and then go back and do the short arms afterwards.
Super secret tip: For perfect clean lines, use some of your ceiling paint to go over the edges of the tape before painting your actual starburst color. This prevents ANY AND ALL bleeding. Magic, I tell you!
Now, I did have some issues in between “round 1” and “round 2” when the tape I used for those beautiful, clean lines ripped up a good portion of my ceiling paint with it… Yikes!
This room was the first room where I scraped the popcorn ceilings, mudded, sanded, primed & painted, and I’m guessing that in between my sanding and priming step, I didn’t do a good enough job of cleaning the sanding dust off the ceiling, which caused my ceiling paint not to adhere very well. You probably won’t have the same problem, but perhaps use a delicate surfaces tape just to be safe.
This led to hours of careful touch up work with a tiny angled paintbrush and painting in the second round of sunburst arms by hand! And days of extreme neck pain. Just call me Michaelangelo…
However, the end result is totally worth it!
The metallic paint glows beautifully!
The second element of the new dining room additions is this fun free-form geometric mirror I created using the Honefoss mirrors from Ikea.
You Will Need:
Honefoss mirrors ($14.99/10 pack) – I used 3 packs.
An hour or two of free time
First, I laid out my Honefoss mirror tiles on the dining room table to come up with a design I liked. This took me way too long, as I was very particular about interspersing the smoke and gold colored tiles in a “effortlessly” “random” fashion. Spoiler alert: the placement was neither effortless nor random.
And if you’re especially observant, you’ll have noticed that the pattern laid out on the tabletop is not the pattern that actually ended up on the wall. The culprit being my measurements.
If I had started the bottom tiles an inch closer to the mantel, there would have been room for the topmost tiles beneath the white header trim.
But I didn’t, and there wasn’t, so I had to reconfigure my design slightly on the fly. I survived.
The tiles installed very easily with double sided foam squares:
The Ikea instructions show that they aren’t supposed to be butted up edge to edge, so I just eyeballed a few-centimeters between them. Once the foam hits the wall, it sticks and sticks tight, so you want to be very careful with your placement.
However, there was one tile that I decided to move after the fact – it was pretty hard to peel up, but it didn’t take any paint with it (yay!) and only left a little adhesive residue behind that was easy to scrape off with my finger nail.
So, this is isn’t glued-to-the-wall-with-liquid-nails permanent, but I don’t think I’d recommend it for a temporary placement either. Just FYI.
I love these tiles so much. Ever since I spotted them in the Ikea catalog when they first introduced them in 2012, I’ve brainstormed ways to incorporate them into my life.
This is just perfect. They belong with this chandelier.
Well, that just about wraps up today’s photo-intensive Layer 2 post! Check out Layer 1 here if you missed it!
UPDATE: Layer 3 is here!
What do you think of the newest dining room updates?